Love-at-first-sight

Love-at-first-sight

Love-at-first-sight,isa commonthemein literaturein which individualsorcharactersfeelsinstantaneousandultimatelylong-lasting romanticrelationshipswith a stranger,thefirstinstanttheyseethem. Thetermfirstsightis buta misnomer andcannot reasonablybe takenliterally,since seeinga personforthefirsttimedoesnot reallygivesufficientroomforunderstandingthenatureof theindividual.Nonetheless,majoritybelievethatfirst-sightprovidesmystical experiencesthat triggers a déjà vu, that makespeopledownrightrepulsive,henceloveatfirstglance.Theideaof love-at-first-sightoriginatesfrom theGreek worldandhas developedto becomeone of themostprevalenttropesin westernfiction.Theideaof love-at-first-glanceisa widelycontestednotion,with opponentsarguingtrueloveisbasedon physicalappearancesandan in-depth understandingofthenatureof theindividual.Thispaperexemplifiespossibilities of love-at-first-sight,citing Shakespearianplay,JulietandRomeo.

JulietandRomeo are star-crossed lovers,meaningthattheir loveis thwartedby destinyfrom theverybeginning,meaningthattheywould loveeventhoughtheywould nevermarry.Thelovebetween Romeo andJuliet beganwhenRomeo sawJuliet during her parent’sbanquetparty.Juliet appearancesignificantly affectsRomeo. Hedescribedher as a beauty,toorichto useandtoodearfortheearth(Act 1, SceneIV, 45-48). Romeo is love-struck andsurethathehadneverfallensomuchin lovebefore.Hesaysto himself, “Did my heartlovetill now?”(Act 1, SceneIV, 53).

Romeoquicklydecidesto marryJuliet evenbefore thetwo speakto eachother.At first,Juliet refusesher advancesbutlaterallowedhim to kissher. Theunmasking of their identity,Juliet as a Capulet andRomeo a Montague, doesnot shaketheir love,even with unending criticisms from the society.Theextremitiesandthesadconsequencesof their loveevidencethefactthattheirs wasnot merelya passion,buttruelove(Act 5, scene 3, 107).Assuch,thoughrare,loveat firstsightactuallyexistsin reallifeas itdoesin plays.Playslike Juliet andRomeo playtheroleof keepingup hopeforthosethat believethiskindof loveandare not merelyfictional.

WorksCited

Shakespeare,W. Romeo&amp Juliet.Hauppauge, N.Y: Barron`s. 2002. Print